Some pretty things . . .
Wilkes-Barre is not an overly exciting place, but the location on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the interesting historical buildings here make it a pleasant stop on your way to somewhere else. Be sure to check out the Luzerne County Court House, the River Common along the edge of the river and the River Street Historic District to the West of the Market Street Bridge by the campus of Wilkes University. There are over 200 historic buildings and it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
Four seasons common sense.
We've got all 4 four seasons here; and each one comes full force. So use your head. Coats, scarf, gloves, hat and sturdy boots/shoes for the winter cold and/or snow. Allergy meds for the rest of the seasons! Swimsuits only in the summer, unless your hotel has an indoor one. Shorts in the summer. Light jackets in the spring and fall. We're not a small area so whatever you forgot you can pick up at a Wal-Mart, KMart, Target or the mall or other shops. Not tourist prices either, so no worries.
The Tubs (waterfall/hiking)
Just off rte 115, just down the hill from the entrance/exit to the PA turnpike is a state park known as the tubs. turn at the brown sign with white lettering and drive down the hill, to your left is a path leading to a bridge, the there are sights up and down stream from this point, and walking and hiking trails (with wild grapes upstream!) crisscross the park.
While swimming can be dangerous and violaters can land themselves a decent fine, the water is crystal clear and it is absolutely beautiful!
The tubs are formed by a stream that is flowing down a moderately inclined hill with a piece of solid rock about the length of a foot ball field imbedded into it. Over time, the stream snaked through the rock and where it turns, created perfect pools. Bascially the setup is a tranquil pool, then a chute a smooth rock leading to another pool.
Do not park there after 8pm, as your car will be locked in.
It is best to get there in the early morning and early in the season, before it is over-run with rude high school kids who litter the place up.
park hours 8 to 7-8pm.
take care if daring to slide down between pools. there are steep undercurrents. be sure to check for a deep area in the chute before you get in, there are home to backwashing currents that can hold you under. your friends will not be able to help you out. in fact, a few people illegaly swimming die here every year due to either drunk swimming, diving off of the cliffs or not respecting/underestimating undercurrents.
do not dive/jump off of the cliffs, this is a natural stream and the depth changes daily in dry heat. many people have been injured this way.
take out what you take in. the authorities are nice enough each year to ignore swimming infractions until someone either gets hurt or the place gets full of litter.
the park is patrolled by Penn. state forest department and by STATE POLICE. this means if they catch you doing something, you will be arrested.
Wilkes Barre is the county-seat of Luzerne County.
This area recounts all the things my boyfriend and I have done while playing tourist in our own backyard.
Information includes the surrounding towns, up to 45 minutes of travel time.
Things to do/places to see are listed under tips!
"What is this? Rio??"
A stone book on the grounds of King's College campus. I like what one page says:
"To each is given a bag of tools,
a soul to save and a set of rules,
Each one will fashion ere life is flown,
a stumbling block or a stepping stone."